The Tenth Anniversary event, whose theme was "A Perfect Ten," was one of the best programs ever held by the Burton Awards. The function was at the Library of Congress on June 15, 2009. The awards featured presentations to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Author Bryan Garner, New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye (retired), Shiela Bair, Chair of the FDIC, and winner 2009 Morrison & Foerster Regulatory Reform Award and renowned television screenwriter David E. Kelley. Jane Krakowski, Star of the television show "30 Rock" presented the "Law in Entertainment and the Arts Award" to David E. Kelly. The program was followed by a cocktail hour in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress and dinner on the Atrium level. Leading song writer and singer Vonda Sheppard rounded out the evening with spectacular performances of "Searchin' My soul" and "I only want to be with you." These hit songs were originally performed by Vonda Sheppard on the popular television show Ally Mcbeal. Over 300 guests attended included many of America's finest judges, managing partners of the largest law firms in America, and law school deans from across the nation.

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Summary of Event Information

Date: Monday - June 15, 2009
Date/Time Burton Awards event began: 5:15 p.m. Program Start Time.

Notable Winners in Attendance:

  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner "Book of the Year in Law"
  • Judith Kaye, Chief Judge, NYS Ct. of Appeals, retired, "Lifetime Reform in Law"
  • Morrison & Foerster Regulatory Award Winner, Chairman Sheila C. Bair
  • David E. Kelley "Law in Entertainment and the Arts Award"
  • Richard K. Neumann, Jr., Professor and Recipient of the "Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education Award."

Date/Time Burton Awards event concluded: Awards Ceremonies: 7:00 p.m. Dinner: 9:15 p.m. The event concluded at 7:15 p.m. followed by cocktail party until 7:50 pm. and dinner and Enternainment: performance by Vonda Shepard until 9:30 p.m.

Dinner Chair: Allen Fagin, Chairman, Proskauer Rose LLP.

Nature of Burton Awards: The awards program is designed to reward major achievements in the law ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected, generally, by professors from Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Michigan Law School, and a judge, among others. Judge Richard Posner (7th Circuit US Court of Appeals) and Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Circuit US Court of Appeals), Supreme Court Judge Carol Corrigan of California, and James Ward, California Court of Appeal (retired) are honorary members on the board of directors.

Event Venue: Library of Congress
Room Name: Coolidge Auditorium
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
Venue Phone Number:212-672-1862
Venue FAX #: 516-625-3011
Event Sponsor: The Association of Legal Administrators
Address of Burton Awards: 110 Wall Street, 11th Floor New York, New York 10005-3198
Chairman: William Burton, Esq.
Title: Founder and Chairman
Telephone Number: 212-672-1862
FAX #: 516 625-3011
E-mail address: Contact Person: Marni Danielle
Title: Executive Assistant
Telephone: 212-672-1862
FAX Number: (516) 625-3011

Approximate size/description of the audience: 400 to 500 guests.

List of invited government officials, dignitaries, VIPS:
The dignitaries include many of America's finest judges, managing partners and partners of the largest law firms in America and law school deans from across the nation.

Is the event open to the press? Yes, but the cocktail parties and dinner is closed.

What is the theme of the Burton Awards event? "Awards Anniversary: A Perfect Ten."

What is the proper attire? black tie

Is this a fundraising event? No. Fundraising events in the Jefferson Building are not permitted.

Who are the hosts and the sponsor? The Library of Congress and The Burton Foundation.

The Burton Foundation, Co-Host
The Burton Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and academic organization devoted to further promoting the stature of the legal profession.

About the Chairman
The founder of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement is William C. Burton, a partner in the law firm of Sagat/Burton, LLP. He is a former New York State Assistant Attorney General, former New York State Assistant Special Prosecutor, and has written the authoritative reference book, BURTON'S LEGAL THESAURUS, (4th edition), published by McGraw-Hill.

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